It may be summer all year round in Singapore, but Yuletide spirits are in full swing at Garden by the Bay’s Christmas extravaganza.
Walking in a Christmas Wonderland
Fancy sipping on a warm mug of glühwein (mulled wine) or wolfing down gingerbread treats at the famed European Christmas markets? Good news — you won’t have to travel to find yourself in a Winter Wonderland.
Soak up the festive spirit this holiday season at Christmas Wonderland — a festival of lights, food and family fun at Gardens by the Bay. Ever since the inaugural Christmas Wonderland in 2014, the festival has been raking in the crowds, with over 1.6 million people joining in the festivities in 2015.
In 2016, Christmas Wonderland expands into The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay, adding 22,000 square metres of lights and celebration to the spectacle, juxtaposed against the backdrop of the Flower Dome and Dragonfly Bridge.
Let it snow
The heat and humidity won’t stop you from indulging in some frosty fun at Christmas Wonderland! Bundle up and head for the festival’s Ice Palace, where you can bust out the ice skates for a spin on a rink made of real ice, or start a snowball fight at the snow playground. Kids, check if you’re on the ‘nice’ list, and pose for a photo with Father Christmas at Santa’s Cottage.
What’s a Christmas fair without thrills? Go for a joyride on the enchanting, vintage-style carousel, or whirl around the fairgrounds on board the Christmas train and take in the sights. Don’t forget to check out the live music acts and Christmas parades, or try your hand at winning a prize at one of the many carnival game booths.
The Christmas Wonderland Festive Market is the heart of the festivities. Brimming with charm and colour, it’s reminiscent of the Christkindlmarkts of Germany and the Marché de Noëls of France, with a Singaporean twist. Start by weaving your way through the market stalls, and browsing through an eclectic array of handmade accessories. Then, nibble on festive snacks or local street food, and taste some wines while soaking in the Christmas cheer.
Make it a fun day out for the family at Christmas Wonderland’s Hi-5 Funtastic House, where the little ones will get to play on inflatable slides, take part in interactive games, let their inner superstars out at the Hi-5 karaoke room, as well as dress up as their favourite Hi-5 characters.
Light up the night
Celebrate Christmas in a new light at Christmas Wonderland, where a magnificent display of Luminarie light sculptures — all of which are hand-made with whitewood from the South of Italy — illuminate and transform the Marina Bay area when night falls.